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Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

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Techno-illusionist and veteran speaker Marco Tempest returns to the TED stage with a new friend: EDI (pronounced “Eddie”) the robot. EDI, which stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is Tempest’s latest techno-aide, a friendly Baxter robot who ponders the difference between artificial and human intelligence. “Robot,” the newly awakened EDI interrupts, was coined in 1921 in []

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

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David Blaine, the magician, illusionist and endurance artist, is back on prime time TV tonight with the special, David Blaine: Real or Magic. Traveling around the world, the TED speaker (watch his talk, “How I held my breath for 17 minutes“) performs magic and elicits astonished reactions from people on the street — as well as from []

Studying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo Robbins

Studying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo Robbins

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If you ever meet Apollo Robbins in person, hold onto your wallet. The professional sleight-of-hand artist, who has been studying magic for more than 25 years, made headlines in 2001 when he pickpocketed Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail, taking their badges and even the keys to the motorcade. Since then, he has gained a reputation []

TED Weekends reveals sleight of mind

TED Weekends reveals sleight of mind

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Hypnosis is a source of both debate and fear. It’s an intimidating thought that the subconscious mind can listen and react to outside sources. But there are still many questions to be answered: Does the subconscious work independently of the conscious mind? Is it programmed by experiences or instructions? These are questions posed by Keith []

Marco Tempest to work with Baxter the Robot

Marco Tempest to work with Baxter the Robot

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Illusionist Marco Tempest (watch his cyber card trick and his electric take on Nikola Tesla) has a new assistant — Baxter the Robot. The star of this talk from roboticist Rodney Brooks, Baxter is a life-sized robot that has eyes that glance where he is about to move and arms that react to human touch, []

The art of misdirection: Apollo Robbins at TEDGlobal 2013

The art of misdirection: Apollo Robbins at TEDGlobal 2013

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“Do you think it’s possible to control someone’s attention, or even their behavior? To me that would be the perfect superpower,” says Apollo Robbins at TEDGlobal 2013. “I’ve spent the last 20 years studying human behavior in an unconventional way: by picking pockets.” Robbins, whom The New Yorker called a “theatrical pickpocket” in their profile of []

Fun to watch: Paper gets wings

Fun to watch: Paper gets wings

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In this super cool talk from TEDxTokyo, magician Kohtaro Fujiyama morphs ripped pieces of paper into butterflies, and then lets them take flight, controlling their motion by waving fans. (Fast forward to 1:43 to watch.) This fascinating display is an adaptation of tezuma, a classic form of Edo magic that fuses illusion, story and music. []

Real-life augmented reality: Marco Tempest at TED2012

Real-life augmented reality: Marco Tempest at TED2012

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Marco Tempest wowed the TED crowd yesterday, and now he’s back with an experiment, a demonstration of live augmented reality using the Kinect. This one is “technological magic” and we are advised to keep our eyes on the big screen. Photos: Ryan Lash Magic is deception we enjoy, he says. The audience must suspend its []